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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- APRIL 26, 2021






Quick Facts:


Currently positive-testing inmates: 285 (down from 319)

Currently positive-testing staff: 169 (unchanged)

Recovered inmates: 46,454 (up from 46,450)

Recovered staff: 6,690 (up from 6,686)


Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates:

Berlin FCI: 48 (down from 107)

San Diego MCC: 47 (up from 35)

Oakdale II FCI: 18 (unchanged)

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing staff:

Petersburg Low FCI: 14 (unchanged)

Aliceville FCI: 8 (unchanged)

Yazoo City USP: 7 (unchanged)


System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 127,013 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,617 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:


Completed tests: 111,051 (up from 110,801)

Positive tests: 46,003 (down from 46,028)

COVID in ICE Detention Centers: The New York Times reports that, "As Covid-19 cases rose last June, ICE detention facilities had an average infection rate five times that of prisons and 20 times that of the general population." The takeaways from the Times' investigation were: 1. Detainees have little protection from Covid-19 in custody. 2. Infections inside detention centers have ripple effects in surrounding communities. 3. Lack of consistent Covid-19 data from ICE makes it difficult to track community spread. 4. ICE could be releasing more people to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The article, 4 Takeaways From Our Investigation Into ICE’s Mishandling of Covid-19, by Sabelle Niu and Emily Rhyne, concludes:


But the current average infection rate inside ICE detention facilities is still about 20 times that of the general U.S. population, according to the UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project. This means ICE detention facilities are still hot spots of infection that pose risks to anyone who comes into contact with them. And unlike the Federal Bureau of Prisons, ICE does not have its own systemwide plan to vaccinate people in custody. Instead, it is leaving Covid-19 vaccinations for ICE detainees in the hands of state governments, to be administered at their own discretion.




Death Watch: The BOP has identified no new inmate fatalities. The inmate death toll remains at 233. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.


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